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Friday, August 10, 2018                                                 David P. Donery, Town Manager


Highlights of what the Town Council decided at the last meeting.

Approved minutes of July 24, 2018.

Acknowledged and filed warrants during the month of July 2018.

Approved Special Event Application for Goblin Spooktacular on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 5 PM to 7 PM on San Anselmo Avenue between Ross Avenue and Tamalpais Avenue.

Authorized the Mayor to sign responses to the Marin County Civil Grand Jury report entitled “Yellow School Bus for Traffic Congestion Relief” on the behalf of the Town of San Anselmo. 

Discussed the Planning Commission recommendation to require design review for all new second and third story additions. 

Held a public hearing to introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 3 (Zoning) To Add Article 19 (Single Room Occupancy Regulations) to Implement a Program in the 2015-2023 General Plan Housing Element” by title only and waive further reading. 

Decided to oppose AB 2890 (2017-2018 Ting) which precludes the Town from applying lot coverage and floor area limits to accessory dwelling units and would require the Town to allow one accessory dwelling unit and one junior accessory dwelling unit per single family or multifamily lot. 

Held a public hearing to introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 9 (Signs) To Add A New Chapter 10 (Signs on Town Property and Rights-of-Ways)” by title only and waive further reading.

Approved funding for public information program for Memorial Park Restoration Project.

Discussed Town Council meeting minutes and decided to continue with brief summary minutes.
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Fall Registration is now available 

We know you are enjoying that summer sunshine right about now, but fall is almost here!
Check out all of the fun things the Recreation Department has planned for you in our Fall 2018 Activity Guide and click here to register.
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Fall Leaves

With fall fast approaching, the Public Works Department would like to remind all residents to keep curb areas free of leaves and other debris. It’s easy to get rid of once it’s picked up – our garbage company provides pickup of yard waste in cans or boxes for all customers.

Please don’t just rake leaves into your curb area, hoping that the street sweeper will come by and pick them up. The sweeper can’t cover the entire town, and leaves left in curb areas will clog drains quickly when winter rains arrive.

And, as a reminder, the Town has an ordinance that limits the use of motorized leaf blowers to Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Residents, who pick up their leaves, keep an eye on neighborhood drains and clear clogs during storms will help to keep winter storm water flowing where it’s supposed to be.


Have you seen the grazing goats?

The Town of San Anselmo is working with Marin Firesafe to have goats and sheep help clear brush and weeds from our parks and open space areas. Shown here at Sorich Park, a herd of 400 sheep and goats munch happily on dried grasses, broom, poison oak and other flammable material. Marin Firesafe is coordinating the herds from Star Creek Grazing of Los Banos, CA, to clear hillsides throughout the county.

County of Marin

Marin Commission on Aging -
District 2 Board Member Opening

The Marin County Commission on Aging is a 23-member federally mandated advisory council to the Marin County Board of Supervisors and the Area Agency on Aging. The commission works closely with the County of Marin’s Aging and Adult Services on behalf of Marin’s older adults. Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms by either the Board of Supervisors or the 11 incorporated cities and towns in Marin. In addition, Marin County's Senior Assembly Member and Senior Senator, representatives of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) also serve as ex-officio members for a four-year term.

The primary role of the commissioner is to articulate the voice of older adults to local government, elected officials and the various community agencies and partners throughout the County.

Applications are available from the Marin County Board of Supervisors website at:


Tell Us What You Think

Parents and kids: we need your help!

Tell us what kind of children’s library program would be of most interest to you on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.

Please take our survey here:

Storytime Hiatus in August 

Our wonderful Children’s Librarians are taking a storytime break during the month of August. There will be no toddler, family, Spanish or French storytimes until September. This gives the Librarians a chance to plan new and fun elements to all those amazing programs and, to catch their breaths. We’ll miss seeing those adorable faces but please keep reading and singing until we meet again.

Japanese Art

Art Talk Tuesday

Japanese Aesthetics
Tuesday, August 14
12pm, Council Chambers
Luxuriate in this truly beautiful
exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. In this Art Talk, Peter Sinton from the Asian Art Museum will share objects both ancient and contemporary that display Japanese aesthetics at its finest.


Air Quality Resource

In light of the devastating fires in California and the resulting poor air quality, you may be concerned about whether or not you should be outdoors at this time.  Air Now is a government website that can help you determine the current air quality in your specific area.  The website allows you to enter your specific zip code. It also provides a chart to help you understand who may be affected and what precautions you should take.


Country Fair Day is set for Sunday, September 30th
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the 48th Annual Country Fair Day, a true community celebration in downtown San Anselmo. This popular community festival showcases our Town with a parade, children’s activities, community booths, live music, and delicious food.
Community Booths and Kids Entertainment ~ From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm the Avenue will be lined with community booths, United Market’s Taste Row, as well as kids activities! There will be a Bounce Zone, Rock Wall, Extreme Air Bungee, Train, and Petting Zoo!
Parade down San Anselmo Avenue ~ 11:00 am
Food ~ Enjoy yummy hotdogs and hamburgers, treats from Sugar Magnolia Food Truck, and of course we will be continuing our pie and sno cone tradition!
Music ~ There will be live music all day from 10:00am-2:30pm
Cedarsville ~ An exciting new addition to Country Fair Day this year is “Cedarsville”, situated in Imagination Park and sponsored by Cedars as a kickoff to their 100th anniversary of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Cedarsville” will feature a free Ferris wheel, a free giant slide, a marching band, and a mini-town with a variety of activities including collaborative art projects, a farm stand, and so much more.
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out! To submit a booth and/or parade application, please contact the Recreation Department at (415) 258- 4640 or email

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San Anselmo Arts Commissioner Seats Available

The Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools. In addition, the Arts Commission produces the beloved Beatles Tribute every year as well as the free Music in the Park concert series.

The Commission consists of eleven members, including two youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. There are five seats available. Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply. For more information or an application, go to: Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, August 10, 2018.

Department of Public Works News

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Funded in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board, the Town is repaving and re-configuring the Magnolia Avenue Parking Lot.   To help filter storm water runoff, bio-retention landscaping will be installed, along with landscaping, Magnolia trees and overhead lighting.  With help from the Transportation Authority of Marin, the number of electric vehicle charging stations will be doubled.  The parking meters will be replaced with a single pay station.   
Team Ghilotti and their subcontractors have been working diligently since work began on July 16th.  The parking lot is expected to be closed to the public for about 8 weeks. Access to 25 Tamalpais back driveway, Taco Jane’s back lot, and the private Downtown Storage lot off Kientz Lane will be available as work allows. 

During this time, parking lot users will be directed to other Town lots at Pine Street and Creek Park, San Rafael Avenue as well as other nearby side-streets - Tamalpais Avenue, Magnolia Avenue and Tunstead Avenue.  The employee lot behind Town Hall is open to the public after 5 pm on weekdays, and all weekend.

For information about this project, please contact Scott Schneider, Assistant Public Works Director, at or 415-258-4653.
Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

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San Anselmo

Stroll Through History – Last Tour Dates for 2018

 Travel back in time with Dick Miner and other members of the Historical Commission on a walking tour through downtown San Anselmo. The tour highlights San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue over the years. The tour ends at the Historical Museum for refreshments. Two dates remain for this year: August 25 and October 27 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at Creek Park
On September 22, join Judy Coy and Dick on a walk through one of San Anselmo’s oldest neighborhoods—the Seminary area. This tour highlights the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and fine architecture. Refreshments are served along the way. This tour does involve stairs and uphill and downhill walking. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue).
RSVP at or email 
Free Event. Space is limited.

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events in San Anselmo!

Music in the Park

Music In the Park

Each Sunday in August, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Creek Park

The Music in the Park series began in 2000, and is hosted by the San Anselmo Arts Commission. These events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy contemporary and classic music at Creek Park for free. (No dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at


Picnics on the Plaza Today!

In its ninth year, the popular Picnics on the Plaza events are back!  Come enjoy some live local music on the Town Hall lawn! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs, your family and friends, and come enjoy a beautiful evening in downtown San Anselmo. Tonight's event is from 5-8pm.  Other Picnic dates are August 17, 24, 31 and September 7.  This year the entire series is sponsored by Eric Gelman from Paragon Real Estate!

  • August 10 | Josh McIntosh - Americana, Roots
  • August 17 | Myrtle Lane - Folk, Americana
  • August 24 | Treble Makers - Sing along songs from the 40's on up
  • August 31 | The Remedies - Classic Rock, Blues, and R&B
  • September 7 | El Cajon - California Soul & Garage Rock
Film Night
Movies in the Park

Movies in Creek Park Return!

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights from June 2nd until October 27th (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 21st for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  Movies begin when it becomes dark enough and will generally run two hours. The films are generally acceptable for all audiences, but parental guidance and child supervision is always recommended. To view the list of films, CLICK HERE.

Film genres will include Action, Animation, SciFi, Classics, Comedies and Feel-good Favorites. The 2018 season movies were selected from an exhaustive list of requests from members of the community, merchants and business owners, then cross-referenced and licensed by the Motion Picture Association for public viewing. Many "favorites" are not available due to licensing restrictions and "black-out" periods by motion picture studios.

For complete information, visit

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, August 13, 2018 - Arts Commission - Historical Museum - 7 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Economic Development - Council Chambers - 8:45 AM

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Financial Advisory Committee - Council Chambers - 7 PM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Open Space Commission - Council Chambers - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Historical Commission - Historical Museum - 7:30 PM

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